My best friend and I couldn’t be less alike. She’s pretty in pink, and I’m back in black. She enjoys working with doctors, while I prefer my medical men to be of the fictional variety. And while we both appreciate the heady appeal of a well-made margarita, she’s more likely to drink hers on the beach, while I tend to shun direct sunlight whenever possible.
Be that as it may, we’ve been friends now for seventeen years, through good times and not-so-much, and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without our daily conversations about our careers, our personal goals, and, of course, men. The chance to have such a friend, and to be such a friend, is one of the greatest gifts life has to offer.
Maybe that’s why there are so many books and movies about women’s friendship. It would appear that we collectively long to join a mythical group of soul-sisters who will stick by us no matter what. We want to have someone with whom we can both share our faith, and raise some hell. Whether we’re just starting out or approaching midlife, we want to know we have girlfriends we can count on, who will be there for us through thick and thin.
Of course, not all friendships are for life. Sometimes things don’t work out, and relationships end – you appreciate them for what they were, and move on. But, if you’re willing to invest time and effort, you might find the story of your own life has become a veritable chick flick (hopefully, one with a happy ending as opposed to otherwise), and that you’ve got friends — or at least one great friend — for life.
Want to read and see more? For additional laughter, tears, and other mayhem on the female friendship front, try some of these library offerings:
Learning the steps to the midlife cha-cha is definitely much more fun with a good girlfriend along for the ride. Who are the wonderful women in your life, and how have they made you the person you are today?
–Leigh Anne, who makes exceptions to the “no boys allowed” rule for cool guys like Scott and Eleventh Stack’s Constant Male Readers, of course.